Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
It can be especially useful for cases where:
- you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
- you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed
- you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
- you want to run a low-level utility
Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!
Oh, and Rufus is fast. For instance it's about twice as fast as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer or Windows 7 USB download tool, on the creation of a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO. It is also marginally faster on the creation of Linux bootable USB from ISOs. (1)
A non exhaustive list of Rufus supported ISOs is also provided at the bottom of this page. (2)
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Windows 7 or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn't matter. Once downloaded, the application is ready to use.
I will take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the translators who made it possible for Rufus, as well as this webpage, to be translated in various languages. If you find that you can use Rufus in your own language, you should really thank them!
How to Rufus Download and Creating Bootable USB
The Rufus Download from Softmany is a complete offline setup installer of the software. Only click the button above to download the file and follow this instruction to creating a bootable flash drive.
- Rufus needs not to install, you have created an account with admin access for making changes to the hardware. Insert the flash drive and launch Rufus.
- Select partition type and the system you want.
- From checkbox tap to optical drive button, and search ISO image for use.
- An auto-button will adjust the best-matched setting.
- Tap to start button, a pop-up of destroying all UFD data will appear on the screen. Click the “OK” button for preceding the process.
- It will take time according to the ISO image. Tap to the “Log” button for saving output details in a separate window.
- The copy portion is the longest part and the last step that depends on the size and number of files to copy.
- Double-click to flash drive for the verification of copied files.
- Now eject the UFD and insert into the required device for installing the OS, and boot it.
Rufus for PC Features
The small and efficient interface helps you to identify five system devices such as a USB thumb drive for a bootable device, FAT32, NTFS, UDF, and exFAT. Custom Cluster Size and Format options are available with encoding the disk in MS-DOS or FreeDos or create ISO image that can be burn to disk.
Compatible with Windows
Download Rufus best choice for using your own USB bootable drives and avail the swiftness of the application. You can use the application for ISOs, Arch Linux, Archbang, BartPE, CentOS, Damn Small Linux, Fedora, FreeDOS, Gentoo, gNewSense, Hiren’s Boot CD, LiveXP, Knoppix, Kubuntu, Linux Mint, NT Password Registry Editor, OpenSUSE, Parted Magic, Slackware, Tails, Trinity Rescue Kit, Ubuntu, Ultimate Boot CD, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and 8.
Rufus is 10 seconds faster than WiNToBootic, four minutes faster than UNetbootin for creating Windows 7 bootable flash drive, and takes only three minutes and 25 seconds for creating a bootable flash drive. Additionally, Rufus is in the top position in the creation of Ubuntu 11.10 bootable flash just taking 1 minute and 15 seconds leaving Universal USB Installer five seconds behind, and UNetbootin 30 seconds behind it. UNetbootin takes an hour for creating a bootable flash drive on Slackware, whereas, Rufus takes only 20 minutes and 15 seconds.
Create a Multi-boot USB
No doubt, Rufus specifically uses it for creating a single operating system USB installer. But you can create a multi-boot flash drive with some tweaking. Get a large capacity flash drive, follow the same steps for creating a bootable USB, and follow the instruction for copying the ISO files to the multi-boot drive. On completing the process, reinsert Rufus, select another OS, and the software will format the drive in preparation for the new OS. Copy all files of the multi-boot drive in a separate folder. It may be difficult in the first step, but practice makes you perfect.
Compatible with Old BIOS
Check bad blocks of the device as well as choose an algorithm from 1 to 4 passes with the help of basic formatting options. Additionally, creating fast format mode, creating the extended label, icon files, bootable disk are very easy. The addition of fixes for old BIOS makes the tool more reliable. All activities of the software are saved to a Log file and allow you to complete work very fast and accurately.
The software runs on an executable file without any requirement of installation. The tiny wizard with 1.1MB weight works like a hare without consuming many resources of your system. Now we are free of taking CDs or DVDs for storing data. The presets and default settings make the operating process easy even for novices.
The app supports both booting systems; GPT and UEFI with advanced formats making the compatibility of the flash drives even with older operating systems.
Efficient & Reliable
Peter Batard released the Rufus officially on December 11, 2011, as the reliable substitute for the HP USB Disc Storage Format Tool for Windows. With regular updates, the program is creating a bootable DOC drive very efficiently. It was just a supporting tool for MS-DOS at first, now it has complete compatibility with all types of devices. Around 100 million users use the tool, and it is downloaded 3 million times in one month.
Supports Windows 10
Rufus can run Windows 10 with the help of a USB drive, for this purpose you have to take a proper license from Microsoft for avoiding any legal or copyright issues. Insert the flash drive and start changing your OS. Change the boot location via pressing the correct button combination, and indicate it to use USB flash for booting up. The system was slow at the start because of relying on fewer resources than a PC installation.
Safe & Secure
The program is completely safe, but it’s better for you to save the data used in creating ISO at some safe place. Feel free to use the program as it can’t be dangerous for the hard drive, it only removes some data from a USB. Different bad block checks on the system can cause constant damage. Before installing drive for DOS, check the OS is UEFI or BIOS. The program safely stores the Registry Keys and returns them in their original form at the end of the process.
The program is free of bugs, malware, and viruses. You can customize the software by changing the file system type, edit the volume label, disable the fast format, and enable scanning for bad blocks. No doubt, a tiny-sized wizard with unlimited features and functions.
Free of Cost
The Rufus with freeware license available for Windows 32-bit as well as the 64-bit operating system of a laptop and PC without limits and presented for all software users as a free download. It belongs to the boot/manager disc category and was published by Pete Batard.
Perform Multiple Tasks
- Used for creating USB installation media from bootable ISOs for Windows, Linux, and UEFI
- Used for working on any PC without OS installed
- Used to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
- Used for running a low-level utility
Support Multiple Languages
The application supports a lot of languages like English, Francians, Hrvatski, Italian, and much more.
- A versatile program for creating bootable USB drives
- Compatible with all types of windows
- Perform multiple tasks
- Supports multiple languages
- Simple Process of Creating Bootable USB with Rufus
- User-friendly Interface
- Fast Speed
- Create a Multi-boot USB
- Free of Cost
- Compatible with Old BIOS
- Lightweight App
- Efficient & Reliable
- Supports Windows 10
- Safe & Secure
- Supports both booting systems; GPT and UEFI
- Released on 11, December 2011 by Peter Bayard
- Bugs free